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WASHINGTON — Virginia's Senate Finance Committee will meet May 14 — more than a month after a special session on the state's budget standoff ... Informal budget negotiations have continued behind closed doors in the hopes of avoiding a state government shutdown at the end of the day June 30.
The former Massey Energy CEO has an extensive personal fortune and deep West Virginia ties in the state's marquee industry. Then again, he also has a .... in West Virginia this year. The state teachers walked out to demand a pay raise and better health care benefits from the GOP-led state government.

How numerous entities can and should coordinate on national security issues was the focus of the inaugural William & Mary Whole of Government Center of Excellence .... I look forward to taking a lot of these ideas back and seeing what we can do to help make Virginia truly the most military-friendly state.”.
Dominion Energy's political prowess in Virginia is being cheered by unlikely sources: its would-be competitors. Retail energy suppliers say Virginia's big energy users are increasingly looking to buy electricity from competitors to the state's dominant utility because Dominion has been too successful at ...
The first Virginia Indian tribe to be recognized by the federal government as a sovereign entity, the Pamunkeys are the only Virginia tribe empowered to pursue a casino project in a state that's long resisted proposals to expand gambling. The legislation President Donald Trump signed in January granting ...
Butch Antolini, spokesman for Gov. Jim Justice, did not respond to requests for a comment from the Justice administration about whether the government should continue to subsidize coal-fired power plants. State Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher said he could not comment on the proposed legislation ...

By law, every practicing lawyer in the state must be a member of the Bar. The organization has an unusual structure, in part official and in part independent. It is part of the judicial branch of state government since it is an administrative agency for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. However, it is ...
The preliminary assessment by the Public Resources Advisory Group, a New York-based consultant hired by the state, suggests that a downgrade of Virginia's credit by one or all of the three national bond rating agencies could raise interest costs on nearly $5 billion in state debt by $33.9 million to $72.7 ...
CHATHAM — The federal government has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a lawsuit over Virginia's ban on uranium mining. Attorneys for the Department ... The company has argued that the federal Atomic Energy Act pre-empts state regulations, which prohibit the mining. Opponents have argued ...
In the Old Dominion, state government is a real deal — at least according to one recent study. WalletHub, a personal finance website, found that Virginians ranked fifth in the nation in rate of return on their tax dollars, trailing only Colorado, South Dakota, Florida, and New Hampshire, which topped the list.
Is that because there is: a) less corruption in VA, b) less media interest in covering it, or c) fewer auditors in VA digging for it? Where there is government spending, there is corruption. There is a lot of federal, state, and local government spending in VA, so I've wondered whether “c” might be the right answer ...
Ralph Northam has reappointed David K. Paylor as director as of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the state agency at the center of the ... Tim Kaine appointed him to the job, making Paylor the state's top anti-pollution official and capping a career in state government that dates to the 1970s.
The assembly adjourned March 10 without resolving a gap between the two budgets that the Senate estimates at more than $800 million, primarily because of non-general fund money from the federal government and the provider tax that the House uses to replace state funds and increase spending on ...
... dedicated funding now expected from the District, Maryland and Virginia, Metro says it needs to continue receiving the $150 million a year from the federal government. Meanwhile, top elected officials in northern Virginia agreed to ask Gov. Ralph Northam to use more state money or raise local taxes to ...
RICHMOND, Va. — More than 5,000 students and other demonstrators marched through Richmond on Saturday as part of a nationwide protest against mass ... Students participating in the program provide state government coverage for Virginia's community newspapers and other media outlets, under the ...
Stories like the son of a coal miner who became the first member of his family to go to college, going on to serve in local and state government and then as Virginia's lieutenant governor for two terms. My story, like so many others, is the product of good fortune, family support, and personal dedication to ...
Friday, the State Board of Elections voted to update its ballot standards to keep the same thing from happening again. Now, all ballots will include these instructions : “If you want to change a vote or if you have made a mistake, ask an election worker for another ballot. If you make marks on the ballot besides ...

“If you had sat down in January and said, 'Let's write a bill that meets Metro's needs but does it in the way that hurts local government in Northern Virginia the most and does the absolute minimum from the state,' you would come up with something very similar to what's on his desk now,” Cook said. Northam ...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Localities across the state are getting a combined $420,000 in emergency management grants. Gov. Ralph Northam said in a news release Wednesday that the Virginia Department of Emergency Management will administer the funds, which Virginia receives annually from the U.S. ...
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, center, reaches to shake the hand of Sec. of Finance, Aubrey Lane, left, as he arrives to deliver remarks on a proposed budget for the April 11th special session during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) ...
Credit agencies have said the lack of a solid rainy day fund – recommended to be 2 percent of the total budget – could affect the state's AAA bond rating, which allows Virginia to borrow at lower interest rates. “In a period of unprecedented volatility in Washington and economic uncertainty across the globe, ...
Springtime snow is falling in much Virginia making commutes hazardous and closing schools and offices. ... Schools in Northern Virginia and other parts of the state were closed. The spring nor'easter also caused the federal government to close its offices in the Washington area. Virginia Gov.
If lawmakers cannot pass a budget before the end of Virginia's fiscal year on June 30, the state's government will shut down. “We are all committed to completing work on a state budget long before July 1,” Cox said on March 9. “But after a lengthy and tiring session, the best step is for everyone to turn home ...
TAZEWELL, Va. — An innovative plan to give companies corporate income tax breaks if they locate in economically depressed areas in the state passed the ... “I have personally received hundreds of calls from business leaders, hospitals, local government officials and the chamber of commerce in our area ...
Virginia's General Assembly is expected to return in a few weeks for a special session focused on a two-year budget, after a House and Senate dispute over Medicaid expansion derailed negotiations. ... 30 to pass a bill and get it signed by the governor if they want to avoid a state government shutdown.
The benefits are almost without limit but, perhaps more importantly, it's the way government in the United States was intended to function — a point that seems lost on too many who work in the public sector. As this year's Virginia General Assembly comes to a close, residents across the commonwealth can ...
For the sixth time in 17 years, the Virginia legislature has failed to complete on time its most basic responsibility: writing a state budget. ... The remaining four Republicans are senators whose enthusiasm for spending more tax dollars applies to those the state government collects for schools, cops and ...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers finished up the 2018 session Saturday without doing their most important job: passing a state budget. They hit a stalemate because Republicans ... The state government will shut down July 1 if no budget is passed. In other areas, Republicans and Democratic Gov ...
West Virginia Legislators Approve Budgets With Raises. West Virginia's House and Senate have unanimously approved a budget for the state government with $4.38 billion in general revenues for the fiscal year starting July 1 including raises for the state's teachers, prison guards and other workers.
Lawmakers in West Virginia have voted to dismantle the state's Department of Education and the Arts just days after the longest teachers' strike in the state's history ended. West Virginia Metro News reports that a bill dismantling the agency and spinning off some offices to other parts of state government ...
When I get together with my counterparts in other states — such as the Florida First Amendment Foundation, Open Oregon, the New England First Amendment Coalition, or the Ohio Coalition for Open Government — I often imagine us as residents of a nursing home sharing our ailments. We nod and tsk-tsk ...
Virginia Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, center, informs the State Senate that the House is ready to adjourn the 2018 session of the Virginia General Assembly session at the Capitol in Richmond on Saturday, March 10, 2018. ... The state government will shut down July 1 if no budget is passed. Budget ...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam has approved legislation that could lead to substantial new additions to most Virginians' electric bills ... Northam signed into law Friday legislation that was shepherded through the General Assembly by Dominion Energy, the state's biggest electric monopoly.
But those savings depend largely on a proposed tax on hospital services that would generate about $307 million over two years to pay Virginia's share of the ... Jones dismissed questions about a potential state government shutdown as premature, with the current budget in effect until June 30 and new ...
Governor Ralph Northam, left, prepares to cut the ribbion during the dedication ceremony of Mantle, the Virginia Indian Tribute, located inside Capitol ... Mattaponi tribe and the originator of the idea for a monument to Virginia Indians in the heart of the state government that had often ruled them cruelly.
(AP) — Virginia could soon start monitoring prescription drugs issued for pets as it battles the human opioid scourge. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Tuesday that lawmakers want to expand the state's prescription-monitoring system to include certain animal medications. The system already helps ...
That's the message the Virginia state senators sent to drivers Tuesday when it voted 29-11 to outlaw any handheld use of a cellphone while driving. ... Janet Brooking, head of Drive Smart Virginia, said she is cautiously optimistic about the Senate hands-free bill, which the group has advocated for in the ...
"With this agreement today to reduce spending in state government, in order to give every single dollar available to our public employees, we've achieved the goal of being fiscally responsible while also getting a pay raise that will help our teachers get back in the classroom and our students back to school ...
West Virginia State Auditor John McCuskey this week unveiled the state's new website — www.wvcheck book.gov — to provide citizens a graphic snapshot on state government spending and revenue, reported John McConville in the The Journal of Martinsburg. “This site has been built in a way that will be ...
Of the 1,610 bills filed by all 100 delegates, 589 passed the House, a success rate of about 36.6 percent, according to session statistics on the state's legislative ... Schuyler Van Valkenburg, D-Henrico, a high-school government teacher with plenty of expertise on how legislatures work in theory, won House ...
Virginia Governor Ralph T. Northam poses with the Hopewell Blue Devils football team - the 2017 Class 3 State Champions - on the front steps of the Virginia ... The Virginia State Government honored the Blue Devils on Friday, taking them on a tour of the Virginia House of Representatives and the Senate.
... a $4 fare increase for MARC train passengers who board at Martinsburg, Duffields and Harpers Ferry stations would generate about $600,000 annually, but Smith said that added revenue would still be far less than the $3.2 million allocation that the state of Maryland has requested from West Virginia to ...
By Aya Driouche/Capital News Service. Capital News Service is a flagship program of VCU's Robertson School of Media and Culture. Students participating in the program provide state government coverage for Virginia's community newspapers and other media outlets, under the supervision of Associate ...
Kentucky is one of the country's largest producers of distilled spirits and, unlike Virginia, the industry is not controlled by the state government. Harris said Virginia distilleries are hampered by a “punitive landscape.” Curtis Coleburn, a lobbyist for Virginia Distillers Association, said SB 803 could spur major ...
William Habeeb, 10, son of Del. Greg Habeeb, R-Salem, intently stares at his laptop as he sits in an empty desk beside his father's seat in the Virginia House of Delegates at the State Capitol in Richmond, VA Frisday, Feb. 16, 2018. He was not following legislation during the short floor session of the House.
By Chelsea Jackson and Katie Bashista/Capital News Service. Capital News Service is a flagship program of VCU's Robertson School of Media and Culture. Students participating in the program provide state government coverage for Virginia's community newspapers and other media outlets, under the ...
The Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union opposes the new bill citing civil liberties and government abuse concerns. In contrast, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) supports the bill at the national, state, and local level. The NAACP called the bill ...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — College and graduate students have a little over a month to apply to the Governor's Fellows Program, an opportunity to learn firsthand about the workings of Virginia state government. The program offers graduate students, rising college seniors and graduating college seniors the ...
A legislator from a rural district in Virginia on Thursday became the first Republican in the state to explicitly call for Medicaid expansion under ObamaCare. ... ObamaCare gave states the option to expand Medicaid coverage, with the federal government picking up almost all of the cost of covering the ...
Virginia distillers may soon be toasting the General Assembly after the Senate passed a bill to let liquor manufacturers keep more of the money from selling their ... Kentucky is one of the country's largest producers of distilled spirits and, unlike Virginia, the industry is not controlled by the state government.


 

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